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Failure to investigate, notify, or recognize fractures

Published on March 31st, 2010

The Daytona Beach News-Journal had a tragic story about a 76-year-old resident at a DeLand nursing home who went for 12 hours without treatment after she broke her shoulder and both her legs in a preventable fall.  The incident under investigation started when a patient fell out of bed at 5 a.m. Friday as her bedding was being changed.  The patient, whose identity was withheld by police, was put back into bed after the fall. But it wasn’t until after the next shift came on — at 4:42 p.m. — that emergency workers were summoned to attend to her injuries. She was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach where she was admitted.

The incident is under review by the Agency for Health Care Administration, which is charged with overseeing 31 nursing homes. Records with the state agency show that at its last inspection in October, nine deficiencies were cited at the facility that is owned by Graystone Healthcare Management, which operates 28 nursing homes in Florida, Indiana and Ohio. Among the citations: accident hazards and food storage.

 

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